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Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:00:00 AM »
Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District



Eighty years ago the Springfield Warehouse District, just north of Downtown Jacksonville, was a bustling center of industry. Today, it is a prime location for future renovation and revitalization.  

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 06:21:32 AM »
Great area.
Anything planned for there?

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 07:01:26 AM »
Love the Coca Cola building...
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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 08:16:53 AM »
Anyone know the price of the Bakery Union building that is for sale?

Tremendous potential.  If only some visionaries with some financial backing could buy up these buildings and start renovating them.  A light rail line would do wonders here.  So would a tax abatement on renovations program. 

If only those in power had the vision to see what this area could be.  Not only this area, but the "New Springfield" community between Historic Springfield and 20th Street expressway could explode with growth if the right steps were taken.
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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008, 08:36:02 AM »
We need another somebody like Bold City to hop in and make something out of one of these places.. The Coca Cola building is amazing. 

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008, 10:48:51 AM »
Thanks for posting these. My nana worked at King Edward's cigars for 30 years, she had many stories about that area.


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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2008, 11:50:15 AM »


I should mention that the lofts on the corner of Market St are really cool and currently for sale.

the listing agents number is 904.370.0426. go and buy one (or both!)

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008, 01:00:16 PM »
Wow, being an ignorant beach bum, I had no idea all of that was there. That really could be a huge development center. Agh! That coke building is awesome. They should totally put a ....coke store in there? Like a museum or something. Or not. Anyway, great stuff.  I hope none of those buildings are in any danger in the near future...
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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2008, 01:21:18 PM »
I drove through this area a couple weeks ago and was immediately interested in the Coca-Cola building (even cooler now that I know what it was built for).  I also really like the former Chevy Parts Depot building...I didn't notice that one on my drive, I'll have to go take a closer look.

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2008, 01:33:47 PM »
At one time there was a developer from Atlanta who had planned to turn this area into a true warehouse district. I know that they did purchase one of the old warehouses just north of the NS Line/abandoned S-Line. I guess the plans for this have been put on hold. I haven't heard anything else about it.

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2008, 01:43:32 PM »
The building targeted for lofts at that time, was the old Hutting Sash and Door Company on Market Street.



From what I understood, sales never really took off, so the project was abandoned.  The same goes for the Liberty Lofts project that was intended a block away in the Chevy Parts Warehouse.



http://www.urbanspaces.cc/pages/libertylofts/liberty_lofts.htm

While the building fabric is there, it needs something that will boost it in terms of economic development potential, since its located in a fringe area with little direction.  If the S-Line becomes part of a rail system in Jacksonville and a station is placed in this district, it will bloom.
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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2008, 02:13:53 PM »
I remember seeing that plan a few years ago...hopefully somebody will revive it.

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2008, 12:19:38 AM »
Where did the old photo of gate city mattress come from?  I wish it were higher resolution (or hopefully, one is, somewhere).  My great grandmother worked for them for YEARS.

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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2008, 09:04:16 AM »
It comes from the State of Florida Photographic Archives website:

www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/
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Re: Then and Now: The Springfield Warehouse District
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2008, 09:37:21 AM »
Anyone know the price of the Bakery Union building that is for sale?

I called yesterday.  Its 1,841 square feet and the asking price is $210,000.

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